1603 and 1605 Versions of Hamlet’s Soliloquy and Cognitive Linguistics: Why is the Second Version so Popular?

Abstract

Today, this topic is still in the mist of research. I rarely find any essay or thesis about analysis of two versions of Hamlet’s soliloquy which only exists in online British Library. My purpose of writing this thesis is to clear up the fog of confusion and explain the reason why the second version is so popular among these versions. By reading the text of Hamlet’s soliloquy between the line, I have used linguistic methods to analyze it. This thesis will be about introducing two versions of the monologue, and from cognitive linguistic aspect (textual analysis), illustrating the reasons of the second version’s popularism.